The Salzkammergut

Didn’t need to think of a mildly creative name for this post. The Salzkammergut sounds cool enough on its own already!

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This is a beautiful scenic area of Austria. It’s such a quiet little town, we initially thought we were in the wrong place. But the serenity is what adds to the magic of this place. We took an old steam cog-railway up Schafberg Mountain from St Wolfgang, ascending 1190m quite steeply in parts! Its been there since 1893 and one of the oldest working engines in the world.

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The summit is 1783m and it was pretty surreal when we got to the top. I’ve heard that on a clear day, the 360 panoramic of the Samzkammegut lakes are pretty amazing. When we were there, it was so cloudy! We couldn’t see the view at all! It wasn’t a wasted journey though and we weren’t too disheartened. It was really cold so we had a nice hot chocolate at the restaurant on the mountain.

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The main river there is the Traun, which is a tributary of the Danube. Afterwards, we took a nice relaxing boat trip across the lake. The Salzkammergut – thank you to the Austrian man I met in the GP surgery for the recommendation!


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MAY 2013

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